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Your Health is Top of Mind in Denton County

by Denton County Commissioner Precinct 4 Dianne Edmondson

We take your health seriously in Denton County! That has never been more evident than in the national recognition we received recently through the Denton County Health Department.

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) recognized the Denton County Health Department (DCPH) for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies, making it the sixth department in Texas and the only one in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to be recognized.

In fact, fewer than 20 percent of all national public health departments achieve PPHR recognition.

The national recognition reaffirms that DCPH has developed 14 thorough and coordinated emergency response plans for everything from mass care to environmental health. DCPH staff
and volunteers are trained to protect Denton County residents in emergencies and coordinate with hospitals, local emergency management agencies and other public health departments to
ensure maximum preparedness.

This designation comes after an intense evaluation by peers to assess DCPH’s ability to meet national standards for public health preparedness.

Other Awarded Services:

County’s Public Health Dental Services Clinic a National Model
The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ Model Practice Program also recognized DCPH as a 2019 National Promising Practice.

Denton County has one dentist for every 1,840 residents, according to County Health Rankings. DCPH’s public health dental services clinic provides an integrated care approach to improve the quality of life for our residents.

Healthy Texas Program Promotes Preventive Health
At Lake Dallas Middle School, students are learning how to grow vegetables and how to prepare healthy, yet tasty, meals.

Their efforts have earned the school as the First Healthy Texas Recognized School in Denton County – a designation from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Denton County.

You can find more information about the program at www.walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.

If you would like to receive a newsletter, please contact Precinct 4 Commissioner Dianne Edmondson at Dianne.Edmondson@dentoncounty.com and ask to be placed on the email list. OR CALL AT 972.434.3960.


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